The other two episodes combined stuff from the series and later on in Kenshin's life. I had trouble following it because I wasn't familiar with the series and hadn't been introduced to the characters. So, it definitely was a leap from the first episodes. It wasn't that bad though, but I preferred the first episodes. I'm not sure I want to see the rest of the series though, just cause it might totally spoil my view of the character. I like the serious, haunted-soul stuff. And I don't think I could stand stuff like this. *snicker*
So... I'm wondering if there are any other serious anime like this. Has anyone seen Samurai X? I liked the story and the character and the animation style (although they did mix in some live action shots, which I thought was a little odd). And I liked the fact that it was serious, without the silly comic relief stuff. I generally like historical or fantasy themes with samurai and swordfighting, rather than modern or futuristic stuff. There has to be some more series out there like this, hasn't there? I'm hoping maybe I can change my views of anime, hehe.